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Reading Corner January

Here’s a quick round up of January’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

Boom Reader

Thank you to everyone who has been recording reading regularly on Boom Reader. The children love to see their gems increasing! Now we have started the new year we are launching tracking which class are doing the most reading on a school wide leader board. This will encourage us to achieve our goal of everyone reading at least 5 times a week, so keep on logging your amazing reading! Look out in next month’s newsletter for which class has reached the number 1 spot! Please ask your class teacher if you need any help with BoomReader.

 

 

 

School Library Openings

The school library is open every day. Y2- Y6 classes can visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home. The timetable is:

Monday: Y3  /  Tuesday: Y5  /  Wednesday: Y6  /  Thursday Y4  /  Friday Y2

Morning Library Visits

Y1 children and their parents in both classes are welcome to join us on Tuesday morning from 8.30- 8.45am.

Reception children and their parents in both classes welcome to join us on Friday morning from 8.30- 8.45am.

We hope to see lots of you there.

 

Parent Helpers

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to help in our school library. We are currently adding new books and sorting the KS2 library. Watch this space…

Secret Storyteller…

We are thrilled to have launched our new reading for pleasure initiative to promote early reading in Reception and Year 1... ‘Secret Story Teller!’ Every Friday afternoon we will be hosting a very special story time where a secret guest of one of the children in the class will join us to share a book. Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far. It has been a great success and the children have been so excited to see who will be joining us!

There will be more slots available after the February half term and throughout the rest of the year. Keep your eye out for the new sign-up sheet which will be sent round before the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Mini Reading Challenge

 

Well done to everyone who completed the ‘Winter Mini Reading Challenge.’ If you haven’t logged your reading yet, you still have time to do this and receive an online certificate and unlock a limited-edition virtual badge.

For more information see the Winter Reading Challenge letter or visit: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/about-the-challenge

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

As we welcome 2023 and celebrate a new year, here are some books suitable for primary age children which celebrate Chinese and Lunar New Year around the world.

https://www.booksfortopics.com/booklists/seasonal-events/chinese-new-year/

Here are some of our recommended reads:

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Corner December

Here’s a quick round up of December’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

Boom Reader

Thank you to everyone who has been recording reading regularly on Boom Reader. The children love to see their gems increasing! After the holiday we will be tracking which class are doing the most reading on a school wide leader board. This will encourage us to achieve our goal of everyone reading at least 5 times a week so keep on logging your amazing reading! Please ask your class teacher if you need any help with BoomReader.

 

School Library Openings

The school library is open. Y2- Y6 classes can visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home. The timetable is:

Monday: Y3 / Tuesday: Y5 / Wednesday: Y6 / Thursday Y4 / Friday Y2

Morning Library Visits

Y1 children and their parents are welcome to join us on the following mornings from 8.30- 8.45am.

Miro Class – Tuesday O’Keefe Class – Wednesday

 

In addition we are pleased to open the library up for Reception parents on the following mornings from 8.30- 8.45am.

Kandinsky – Thursday Seurat – Friday

We hope to see lots of you there.

 

 

Secret Storyteller…

We have launched our new reading for pleasure initiative to promote early reading in Reception and Year 1... ‘Secret Story Teller!’ Every Friday afternoon after the holiday we will be hosting a very special story time where a secret guest of one of the children in the class will join us to share a book. Thank you to everyone who has signed up and expressed a wish to join in. We are really looking forward to having you in school. Slots have now been allocated but please don’t worry if you missed out this time there will be more slots available after the February half term and throughout the rest of the year.

 

 

 

 

Winter Mini Reading Challenge

 

 

The ‘Gadgeteers’ are back for their next adventure! The ‘Winter Mini Reading Challenge’ has launched and we will be encouraging children to complete the challenge over the Christmas holidays. To do this children will need to read and log at least 3 books before 20th February via the website.

Once they have done this, they will receive an online certificate and will unlock a limited-edition virtual badge for completing the challenge! For more information see the Winter Reading Challenge letter or visit: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/about-the-challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Book Awards Round Up

December saw the announcement of Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year which went to ‘Skandar and the Unicorn Thief’ by A.F Steadman.

 

Recommended reading: Age 9+

 

This compelling fantasy adventure, the first in an epic series, is a gripping read. With imaginative characters and an exhilarating plot, readers are transported to a convincing world of fortified forests, spectacular treehouses and ferocious unicorns. Friendship, loyalty and teamwork are at the heart of this novel, which also sensitively explores topics of grief, bereavement and depression.

 

Christmas/ Winter Reads

If you are looking for Christmas reads take a look at some of these books suitable for primary age children. https://www.booksfortopics.com/christmas

Here are some of our recommended reads:

 

     

Reading Corner - November

Here’s a quick round up of the November’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

 

Boom Reader

Thank you to everyone who has been recording reading regularly on Boom Reader. The children love to see their gems increasing! We will shortly be tracking which class is doing the most reading on a school wide leader board. This will encourage us to achieve our goal of everyone reading at least 5 times a week! Please ask your class teacher if you need any help with BoomReader.

 

 

School Library Openings

The school library is open. Y2- Y6 classes can visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home. The timetable is:

Monday: Y3  /  Tuesday: Y5  /  Wednesday: Y6  /  Thursday Y4  /  Friday Y2

 

Morning Library Visits

Y1 children and their parents are welcome to join us on the following mornings from 8.30- 8.45am.

Miro Class – Tuesday            O’Keefe Class – Wednesday

 

In addition we are pleased to open the library up for Reception parents on the following mornings from 8.30- 8.45am.

Kandinsky – Thursday           Seurat – Friday

We hope to see lots of you there.

 

Missing Books…

Please ensure that you bring all borrowed books back to school. We currently have lot of library books still out on loan and some of our reading books have failed to be returned. Please check your bookshelf for any books that may need returning and bring them back to school. Many Thanks.

 

Secret Storyteller…

We are launching our new reading for pleasure initiative to promote early reading in Reception and Year 1... ‘Secret Story Teller!’ Every Friday afternoon we will be hosting a very special story time where a secret guest of one of the children in the class will join us to share a book. Look out for further information coming soon in a letter which will outline how you can get involved.

 

 

Book Awards Round Up

‘Books Are my Bag Awards.’ The winner for children’s fiction was:

A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good- By Louie Stowell

Recommended reading: Age 8+

A comic style book which follows the life of God Loki who is trapped inside the body of an 11 year old! A great choice for more reluctant readers and fans of Norse mythology.

                                                                     

 

Teach Primary Book Awards

KS1 winner – The Story Shop: Blast Off – By Tracey Corderoy

An exciting story about the power of imagination!

The Story Shop is packed full of plots, costumes and characters galore. And shopkeepers Wilbur and Fred are ready and waiting to find every customer their perfect adventure!

When a daredevil mouse visits the shop, Wilbur and Fred have just the thing – an out-of-this-world space mission!

 

KS2 winner - When the Sky Falls- By Phil Earle

Another win for When the Sky Falls after its success at the British Books Awards and being nominated for the Yoto Canegie Medal! Available now in the KS2 library.

World Cup Reads

If you are excited about the World Cup take a look at some of these books about football suitable for primary age children.

https://www.booksfortopics.com/football

Here are some of our recommended reads:

                                      

 

Coming Soon…Winter Mini Reading Challenge

The Gadgeteers are back for their next adventure! The Winter Reading Challenge will be launching on 1st December. More information coming soon!

 

Reading Corner - October

 

Here’s a quick round up of the October’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

 

Boom Reader

As you know towards the end of last term we moved to Boom Reader (formerly GoRead) to record our reading here at Applecroft. Thank you to everyone who has been recording reading on here. Please ensure that you login regularly, either via the app or webpage, so we can see all the amazing reading that is happening at our school! Please ask your class teacher if you need any help with this.

 

 

Next Page Books Fair – Free Books!

You may remember that at the end of last term we hosted a book fair by Next Page Books. As a result of your support we raised 10% of profits back to school allowing us to purchase some lovely new books for our school libraries. Here are some of the diverse and inclusive books we will be adding.

    

                        

 

School Library Openings

The school library has reopened. Y2- Y6 classes can visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home. The timetable is:

Monday: Y3  /  Tuesday: Y5  /  Wednesday: Y6  /  Thursday Y4  /  Friday Y2

 

Morning Library Visits

Y1 children and their parents are welcome again to join us on the following mornings from 8.30- 8.45am.

Miro Class – Wednesday            O’Keefe Class – Thursday

 

Parent Librarians Wanted…

We are looking for some help with running and maintaining our school libraries and keeping them well loved. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out. Thank you to everyone who has already expressed an interest we will be in touch soon.

 

Exciting News… We soon will be launching our new reading for pleasure initiative to promote early reading... ‘Secret Story Teller!’ More information coming soon!  

 

 

 

Book Awards Round Up

October saw the announcement of the ‘Diverse Book Awards.’ These awards were created to promote diverse and marginalised voices.

The winner was:

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow- By Benjamin Dean

Recommended reading: Upper KS2/ Age 9+

The rainbow-filled, joyous debut from a hugely exciting new talent. The story follows young Archie Albright and his best friends on a determined quest to understand his parents’ separation following a revelation from his father. LGBTQ themes.                             

  Reading Corner - September

 

Here’s a quick round up of the summer’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

 

Boom Reader

As you know, in June this year we moved to Boom Reader (formally Go Read) to record our reading here at Applecroft. Thank you to everyone who has been recording reading on here. Please ensure that you login, either via the app or webpage, so we can see all the amazing reading that is happening at our school! Please ask your class teacher if you need any help with this.

 

                                                       

 

Summer Reading Challenge

Well done to everyone who completed the Summer Reading Challenge. We hope that you enjoyed taking part. Don’t forget you have until 30th September to log your books online, if you haven’t already, and get your virtual certificate. https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

 

 

 

Book Awards Round Up

It’s been a busy time for book awards. Here are some of the recent winners:

 

Alligators Mouth Award for Illustrated Early Fiction

Enter the colourful world of Indigo Wilde and the magical creatures who live at Jellybean Crescent. When a highly dangerous new arrival goes missing, the race is on to catch it before disaster strikes…

Recommended reading - Age 7- 9.

 

UKLA Book Awards - UK literacy association book awards judged by teachers.

7+ Category – The winner was ‘October, October’ By Katya Balen, which also featured in last month’s reading corner as winner of The Carnegie Medal.

 

 

October, October is a “beautiful” and “captivating” story of a girl, October, who must learn to spread her wings after a childhood spent living wild in the woods changes dramatically the year she turns 11.

Recommended reading – Y5 and Y6

 

 

3+ Category – Joint winners

The Invisible- By Tom Percival

A moving, powerful story that shines a light on those that feel invisible in our world - and shows us that we ALL belong.

Recommended reading - Age 4-5.

Barbara Throws a Wobbler – By Nadia Shireen

Barbara is not having a great day. First, she can’t find the right sock, then there’s a suspicious pea for lunch, and THEN she steps on a crack on the pavement. Her friends can’t cheer her up, and then, the unthinkable happens: Barbara drops her ice-cream. It’s the last straw and a full-blown WOBBLER erupts. ARGHHH!

Recommended reading - Age 3-5.

 

Books Are My Bag Award

My Beautiful Voice- By Joseph Coelho

A moving, lyrical picture book about a shy child unlocking the power of their own voice through poetry, with the helping hand of an extra special teacher.

Recommended reading - Age 4-8

 

 

The Klaus Flugge Prize – Awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration

Pierre’s New Hair - By Joseph Hollis

A joyful and colourful paperback picture book about a quiff loving bear who discovers that looks aren’t everything.

Recommended reading - Age 6-8

                                                                      

 

New Waterstones Poet Laureate

Congratulations to poet, playwright and author Joseph Coelho on becoming Children’s Poet Laureate. To celebrate we will be adding some of his collection to feature in our school libraries.

 

A Big Thank You

We are delighted that all of these books and all of the previous award winners featured in ‘Reading Corner’ will be available soon in our school libraries thanks to the generosity of the PTA and their supporters. Many thanks.

 

School Library Openings

The school library has reopened. Y2-Y6 classes can visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30pm – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home.

The timetable is:

Monday: Y3 / Tuesday: Y5 / Wednesday: Y6 / Thursday Y4 / Friday Y2

 

Morning Visits

Starting next week, Y1 children and their parents are welcome again to join us on the following mornings from 8.30- 8.45am in the Early Years and KS1 library.

Miro Class – Tuesday O’Keefe Class – Wednesday

 

Parent Librarians wanted…

We are looking for some help with running and maintaining our school libraries and keeping them well loved. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out. Thank you to everyone who has already expressed an interest

Reading Corner June/ July 2022

Here’s a quick round up of June’s/July’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

Go Read at Applecroft School:

 

We has seen the exciting launch of ‘Go Read’ our new digital reading diary. Thank you to all the parents that have already, successfully signed up and started using the App. If you haven’t yet had the chance to, then please support us in achieving our goal of having every family signed up to and using the App by the end of this academic year. In the first week, following the launch we have already had 126 children registered who between them have read 561 books! Well done everyone.

 

Summer Reading Challenge:

We are pleased to be running the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ once again in conjunction with Welwyn Garden City library. The theme this year is ‘Gadgeteers’ and promotes awareness that science is all around us and encourages children to unleash their curiosity and creativity!

Applecroft School and Welwyn Garden City Library will be challenging children to read six books between July and September and visit the library to tell them all about what they have read. Children who successfully complete the challenge will receive a medal, a special pencil and a certificate. The library staff will be visiting our school to promote the Summer Reading Challenge in assembly on Monday 11th July.

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

 

 

Next Page Books Book Fair:

 Next Page Books joined us at Applecroft on our Open Afternoon. This independent children’s bookshop is based in Hitchin and specialises in neurodiverse and inclusive books.  Hopefully you had the opportunity to, browse and purchase some of the best children’s books around at the moment.

 

 
  

 

 

Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Award Winners:

These awards are the longest running children’s book awards and are given for outstanding writing (Carnegie) and outstanding illustration (Greenaway). The winners were:

  • Yoto Carnegie Medal - October, October by Katya Balen

 

 

 

Recommended reading age - Y5 and Y6.

October, October is a “beautiful” and “captivating” story of a girl, October, who must learn to spread her wings after a childhood spent living wild in the woods changes dramatically the year she turns 11. 

 

 

  • Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal (Shadowers’ Choice) -The Midnight Fair by Mariachiara di Giorgio

Recommended reading age - Enjoyable for all

A heart-warming, immersive wordless picture book that uncovers the secret life of animals who prowl a fairground at night, featuring sumptuous use of colour and contrast, which invoke all the senses.  

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Corner May 2022

Here’s a quick round-up of May’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

 

Ready Set Read Challenge:

Well done again to all the children who completed the Usborne reading challenge and thank you to everyone who supported this. We are pleased to announce that as a result of this event we are looking forward to adding more Usborne non-fiction books to our main libraries. These will be arriving in school after the holidays. We completed a draw of all entries to the challenge and picked the winners of a book of their choice at random. Here are our lucky winners and the books that they chose!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners:

EYFS/KS1- Alp (Reception)

As part of the challenge he enjoyed reading; Dear Zoo, Little Red Riding Hood and A Squash and a Squeeze. He chose Usborne Beginners Dinosaurs “My favourite dinosaur is a T-Rex, it’s really strong and eats meat. It’s king of the world!’

       

 

KS2- Gabriel (Year 5)

As part of the challenge he enjoyed reading; a non-fiction book on space, a space magazine and the Real Pigeons series. He chose 100 Things to Know about Space and can’t wait to find out more fascinating facts.

 

School Library Openings:

Y2- Y6 classes can visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home. The timetable is:

Monday: Y3 / Tuesday: Y5 / Wednesday: Y6 / Thursday Y4 / Friday Y2

A reminder that Y1 and Reception children and their parents are welcome to join us on the following mornings from 8.30am. We have loved seeing you there!

Kandinsky Class – Monday Seurat Class - Tuesday

Miro Class – Thursday O’Keefe Class – Friday

 

The Queens Platinum Jubilee ‘Royal Reads’:

We hope that you enjoyed receiving the special commemorative book to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This special addition book was designed as an official once-in-a-lifetime commemoration of the Platinum Jubilee and was written in collaboration with royal experts and historians. It tells the story of a young girl, Isabella, visiting her Great Granny Joyce who tells her about the Queen and this year’s Jubilee.

With this momentous occasion in mind, here are a few other books featuring The Queen that you might enjoy.

 

British Book Awards:

The winners of the 2022 British Book Awards have been announced. The winners were:

 

Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year:

Hey You!

A celebration of growing up black written by award winning Dapo Adeola in collaboration with 18 illustrators.

 

Children’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year:

 

You Are a Champion

Recommended For: Y5 and Y6

An empowering read centred on building self-confidence written with footballer Marcus Rashford and Carl Anka.

 

Children’s Fiction Book of the Year:

When the Sky Falls

Recommended For: Y5 and Y6

A Second World War story based around an unlikely relationship between a young boy and a gorilla written by Phil Earle.

Reading Corner April 2022

 

Here’s a quick round up of April’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

 

New ‘CLUSP’ Reading Curriculum:

We are very excited to have introduced our new reading curriculum this half term in Years 1-6. The scheme is underpinned by the latest research, evidence and cognitive science. Throughout the scheme there is a focus on vocabulary acquisition and retention, and oracy as well as a rich spine of diverse literature that runs throughout. We are looking forward to reading some of these excellent books in our lessons.

 

Class and Whole School Library Books:

PTA have kindly funded lots of new books to be added to our libraries. We have chosen books which represent diverse and inclusive themes, as we know the importance of children seeing representations of themselves in books and the power of books to be ‘windows into the world of others’. These books will be shared with classes soon and will then be added to class libraries.

 

 

In addition to this, we will be adding additional books to our non-fiction and poetry selections in the main school libraries.

Thank you to the PTA and everyone in our school community who has supported them with this funding.

 In addition to the books above, we want to give a special thank you to one of our KS2 families for their very generous book donation at the end of last term. We are very grateful for your kindness.

 

Library Book Returns:

Please ensure all school library books are returned. We would be grateful if you could check your bookcases for books with the Applecroft stamp as we have some which are registered on our online system as being on extended loans. If you find any please return these to either the school office or your child’s teacher.

 

School Library Openings:

We have loved fully opening up our school libraries again. In addition to our weekly class session for our Reception and Year 1 families, we are providing opportunities for children in Y2- Y6 to visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30–1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home.

The timetable is:

Monday: Y3 / Tuesday: Y5 / Wednesday: Y6 / Thursday Y4 / Friday Y2.

 

Just a reminder that our Reception and Year 1 children and their parents are welcome to join us on the following mornings from 8.30-8:45am:

Kandinsky Class – Monday   Seurat Class - Tuesday

Miro Class – Thursday         O’Keefe Class – Friday

 

Ready, Set, Read Challenge:

Well done to everyone who took part in our Usborne Easter Reading Challenge. We hope that you enjoyed it. We are currently looking at entries and will announce results soon.

Reading Corner March 2022

I would like to introduce our new newsletter piece focusing on all things reading. It’s been a busy reading month here at Applecroft and in the reading community.

 

World Book Day -3rd March

What a fantastic day we had celebrating World Book Day! Everyone loved dressing up as their favourite characters and sharing stories throughout the day. Here are a few photos of our amazing costumes. We hope that you enjoyed using your free book voucher.

 

Ready, Set, Read Challenge

Following on from the summer and winter reading challenges we would like to announce our Easter reading challenge... Ready Set Read. The aim of this challenge is to read as much as you can between 1st April – 18th April. Please record how many minutes you have read for and don’t forget to keep a record of everything you have read. Everyone who participates will get a certificate and the chance to win a prize. All money raised will go towards wonderful new books for our school libraries and Usborne will give us more free books the more money we raise! So start collecting your sponsorship and enjoy the challenge! Please see the Easter Reading Challenge letter for further details.

 

School Library Openings

We have loved fully opening up our school libraries again. In addition to our weekly class sessions, we are providing opportunities for Y2- Y6 classes to visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home.

The timetable is: Monday: Y3 / Tuesday: Y5 / Wednesday: Y6 / Thursday: Y4 / Friday: Y2

 

Year 1 children and their parents have also had the opportunity to visit the library in the mornings to promote early reading for pleasure. These morning sessions will continue after the holidays for Year 1 parents and we would also like to offer this to Reception parents too. You are welcome to join us on the following days between 8.30- 8.45am:

Kandinsky Class – Monday         Seurat Class - Tuesday

Miro Class – Thursday               O’Keefe Class – Friday

 

Blue Peter Book Awards

The winners of the 2022 Blue Peter Book awards have been announced this month. These awards are voted for by school children and the categories are for the best story and the best book with facts. Here are the winners:

 

Both books have an age rating of 8-11 so are suitable for children in the juniors. Take a look here to see all of the books that were nominated and to find your next read.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/awards-and-prizes/current-prizes/blue-peter-bookawards/#!?sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1&pageSize=16

 

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